SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --ABC7 News has learned that San Francisco's Interim Chief of Police Toney Chaplin graduated on June 26, 2016, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University-Global Campus. "We are proud of his accomplishments as a student of CSU-Global," the school said.
Chaplin was criticized for refusing to reveal information about his educational background, including what he degree was in or which school he graduated from.
Chaplin has made it known that he wants to become the permanent chief. While San Francisco requires its department heads to have a bachelor's degree, that is not a requirement for police chief.
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"We have the 18th largest police department in the country. We pay the highest salary of any city in the country to our police chief. We need someone who has some serious credentials," said David Carlos Salaverry with San Franciscans for Police Accountability. "That raises a huge red flag," said Salaverry.
What troubles some was Chaplin's to say where he earned his degree. Supervisor David Campos said, "A chief who is going to be open and provide as much information as possible, what you see is what you get, so in that sense it's not encouraging," said Campos.
The seven police commissioners will review the applications before ending up with three candidates. The mayor will then make the final decision.
Another issue is where Chaplin lives. He lives in the East Bay and says he will continue to live there even if he gets the job. San Francisco, however, does not require that its police chief live in San Francisco.
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